White Americans without a college degree are becoming more likely to die in middle age, reversing decades of progress toward better health.
Researchers first noticed this worrisome trend last year. They pointed to increases in opioid abuse, obesity and suicide among the causes of death, but what caused these increases has remained something of a mystery.
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Time For Truth: (The Washington Post) – Researchers have found a troubling new cause of death for middle-aged white Americans
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke on “Force of the Future” military reforms this week that may involve relaxed recruiting rules on everything from single-parent enlistees to drug use and obesity.
A Tuesday event at City College of New York featured Mr. Carter speaking on the challenges of recruitment in a nation that is fatter, increasingly at ease with smoking marijuana, and producing more single-parent homes. The result has been a fighting force that is gleaned from rural areas at twice the rate of urban environments.
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Time For Truth: (The Washington Times) – Pentagon may ease recruiting rules for obese people, pot smokers and single parents
The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, also called for £1billion of VAT to be used to fund obesity prevention schemes.
While some outlets, such as McDonald’s and Wetherspoons, have already introduced calorie counts, the association says that the industry needs to go “further, faster”.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has now spent over $3.5 million to determine why the majority of lesbians are obese.
The project, now entering its fifth year, received another grant worth $658,485 this summer. The total funding for the research is now $3,531,925. Funding has more than doubled since the study was first revealed in 2013.
Britain’s doctors are calling for the government to impose a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened drinks to pay for subsidies on fruit and vegetables in an effort to slow the obesity epidemic.
A report from the British Medical Association demands tough regulatory action on a whole range of issues, from taxation to a clampdown on the marketing of unhealthy food and drinks to children, mandatory standards on the food available in all schools and bans on clusters of fast food outlets.